Footprints In Digital Sand

I'm going on a limb here and assuming we've all read Footprints in the Sand, a poem by Unknown Author. If you are among the knowing, skip past the link.

Footprints In The Sand

We as Web travelers, expect that one set of footprints in our digital sand means our identity is safe. Particularly worrisome is when two sets of prints show up where we've traveled. This is the essence of today's blog: Cleaning up your digital tracks.

The phrase 'what goes on the web, stays on the web' is absolutely true. One way to shore things up is to close old accounts. These accounts are a long-forgotten open filing cabinet.

Breaking into just one of your old accounts can yield useful clues to easily crack the next.

I've included a few sites below, with deletion links (use a web search to find others). Complete these and your accounts will be permanently vaporized!

Delete Snapchat Account
Delete tumblr Account
Delete Yahoo! Account
Delete Instagram Account
Delete AOL Account

Deleting your app accounts is only part of the battle, your public records also deserve a privacy check-up.

Google yourself (your ex already has), to find a wealth of surprising, possibly embarrassing details. All joking aside, what shows up in Google's results is usually pretty innocent. Sites like Pipl provide a more sobering depth of personal info.

Despite this, websites like abine provide subscription services (DeleteMe) that remove your public info. Abine offers a free guide to opting out from many people searches.

Of course there are many other resources for keeping your data and identity safe. Feel free to include any sites you've used to clean up your tracks in the comments below.

Stay safe!

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